From the time of St. Ignatius, there has always been a special relationship between the Holy Father and the Society of Jesus. In one of our founding documents, St. Ignatius invites to be a Jesuit “whosoever desires to serve as a soldier of God beneath the banner of the Cross […] and to serve the Lord alone and the Church, His spouse, under the Roman Pontiff.”
It is thus with great joy that we at The Spiritual Exercises Blog pass along the announcement that a new Roman Pontiff has now been elected, Pope Francis. We offer him our prayers, and earnestly hope that he will teach not only Jesuits, but all Christians, how to better “serve as a soldier of God beneath the banner of the Cross.”
Ad multos annos, Holy Father!